Slightly edited news release from Bemidji State:
After 43 years of calling the John S. Glas Fieldhouse home, the Bemidji State University men’s
ice hockey team skated off its ice for the final time Saturday after another win.
Since Bemidji State opened the doors to its most recent hockey home
Nov. 17, 1967, its men’s hockey program has won 13 national
championships, captured 22 conference crowns, and posted 880 wins, 502
of which have come at The Glas. With hundreds of alumni, nearly 30
members of the Glas family and a capacity crowd of 2,414 in attendance,
the Bemidji State celebrated the dedication, history and tradition of
Beaver hockey and turned down the lights for one last time with a 6-1
victory over Niagara University.
BSU got on the board at the 5:56 mark when Darcy Findlay (So., F, Bristol, Quebec)
potted his fourth goal of the season and the first of a career-high two
on the evening.
Less than two minutes later (7:16), Matt Read (Jr., F, Ilderton,
Ontario) won an offensive zone face off and Ian Lowe (Jr., F,
Bradwardine, Manitoba) put the Beavers up 2-0. Lowe wound up for a
one-timer from the top of the right face off circle for his team-leading
16th goal of the season.
Ben Kinne (So., F, St. Paul, Minn.) gave the Beavers a 3-0 cushion
before time would expire on the first period, taking passes from
defenders Brad Hunt (So., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia) and Jake
Areshenko (Fr., D, Port Coquitlan, British Columbia) to set up his goal
Niagara opted to switch goaltenders to begin the second period,
replacing freshman Andrew Hare with Adam Avramenko, but the Beavers
didn’t skip a beat. In one of its most dominating 20-minute segments
of the season, BSU out shot the Purple Eagles 24-5 and increased its
lead to 5-0 along the way. Findlay potted a Aaron McLeod (Fr., F,
Ottawa, Ontario) rebound at the 8:18 mark and Read would follow that up
by snapping a shot into the back of the net from the high slot to join
Lowe atop BSU’s 2009-10 goal scoring list with 16.
Niagara bounced back in the third period taking advantage of BSU’s
conservative approach.. NU’s C.J. Chartrain spoiled
Dan Bakala’s (So., G, Calgary, Alberta) shutout 47 minutes into the
contest. Chartrain intercepted a failed attempt to clear the puck and
fired a shot past the screened Beaver goaltender for the Purple
Eagles’ only goal.
Junior forward Ryan Cramer (International Falls, Minn.) ended BSU’s scoring at The Glas netting his 10th goal of the season at the 10:59 mark of the third frame. The goal gave the Beavers a 6-1
lead, marking the sixth time this season that BSU, owner of the
nation’s fifth-best goals-per-game average at 3.67, has netted at
least six goals.
Despite the teams combining for 34 minutes worth of penalties, not a
single power-play goal was scored. BSU finished 0-for-5 on
the man advantage, while NU came up dry on its only opportunity of the
Bakala was sharp, denying 32 Niagara shots, while
allowing just one goal in 59:56 between the pipes. He finished the
weekend 2-0-0 recording a .950 save percentage and 1.50 goals against
NU’s Hare was pegged with the loss allowing the Beavers’ first thee
goals and posting just six saves in the first 20 minutes of play.
Avramenko added 27 saves in 40 minutes, surrendering three goals.
BSU hockey bids farewell to the John S. Glas Fieldhouse
after posting a 502-145-41 overall record and winning nearly 76 percent
of this games there over the last 43 years.
Seldom will you find a venue that is more treasured by those who have called it home and more
revered by those who have visited it. Never was that more evident than
by the ceremonies held there on this final night.
From the introduction of Elfrida Glas, widow of the building’s namesake, to the recognition
of the program’s national prominence and to the ceremonial puck drop
by legendary head coach R.H. “Bob” Peters in the pregame ceremony,
to Vance’s last tour around the rink behind the wheel of the Zamboni,
to the post game program honoring the first and last Beaver goals in the
building and a passing of the torch through several generations of
Beaver hockey, the hallowed hockey barn was flooded with memories.
In 2010-11, the BSU begins a new era in Beaver hockey, leaving the CHA
and John S. Glas Fieldhouse for the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association (WCHA) and the state-of-the-art Bemidji Regional Event
The Beavers (21-7-2; 13-3-0 CHA) are back in action next weekend. BSU
hits the road for its final nonconference affair of the 2009-10
regular-season. BSU travels to Omaha, Neb. for a two-game set with
fellow Western Collegiate Hockey Association newcomer University of
Nebraska-Omaha at the Quest Center.